Fish for Lunch! Large Fish in a Larger Fish's Belly!

Name: Prionolepis cataphractis
Age:  Middle Cretaceous
Formation:  Cenomanian Layers
Location:  Hajoula, Lebanon
Size: Fish is 6.1 inches long

Specimen SS1034

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This is a very rare fossil fish specimen. It is a unique Prionolepis cataphractis from the Cretaceous layers of Lebanon. Fossils from this region have become increasingly difficult to obtain due to political unrest. This sleek type of Prionolepis fish is quite carniverous, high up in the Cretaceous food chain. The fish is complete down to the individual rays of the fins and tail. The fossil is nicely centered on the rectangular plate of limestone. But the real rarity of this specimen is that there is another entire fish preserved in its stomach! This fish was swallowed upside-down head-first, and is easily seen in the belly of the large Prionolepis. It is extremely rare in the fossil record to have this distinct occurrence of predation captured in such detail. This is is a textbook specimen of a predatory fossil fish fossilized with its last meal still in its tummy.

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